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1 September 2012
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: R. East
• Attendance: 20350
W. Routledge 45'+
S. Fletcher 40', 45'+
That's it, it's all over at the Liberty Stadium and it's honours even as Swansea draw 2-2 with Sunderland. The Swans were the better side throughout and will rue defensive mistakes which cost them the win. Good goals from Michu and Routledge cancelled out Steven Fletcher's double on his league debut, while Swansea defender Chico was sent off for a high boot on Louis Saha. A very entertaining game.
90' + 2'
CLOSE!!! Vorn was a bit too relaxed there as he nearly allowed the ball over the line from his clearance and he was nearly closed down by Saha, as his clearance was deflected into the path of Campbell but his left-footed shot was blocked by Tate. Close!!
Poor defensive play from Cuellar presents Swansea with a corner after his header back to Mignolet was too strong. Fortunately for the Spaniard his error didn't cost his team as De Guzman's deliveries were poor.
Despite being down to 10 men it's the Swans who are looking most likely to score as Dyer comes close but he's prevented by a good stop by Mignolet and the Black Cats defence manage to hack the ball clear before anyone can pounce on the rebound.
Swansea's turn to attack now and De Guzman's ball from the corner beats everybody in the area and somehow doesn't end up in the net.
Sunderland are seeing a lot of the ball now but aren't producing the quality in the final third. McClean did well to get to the byline but couldn't find anyone in the area with his cross into the box.
Swansea have cooled their attacking intent for now after being reduced to 10 men, they unlike the Black Cats are not committing as many men forward in order not to get caught on the break.
Sunderland are starting to turn the screw and are committing more men to forward into the Swansea half, can they find a breakthough against their 10-man opponents.
Yet another stoppage as Ashley Williams has gone done, Swansea can ill afford to lose another centre-half.
From the resulting free-kick Larsson's cross is accurate and finds O'Shea but he just can't make decent contact and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
Red Card Chico
RED CARD!!! Chico has been sent off for Swansea for kicking Louis Saha in the head, he doesn't appear to have made contact when he went for the ball. But Saha hit the ground clutching his head.
Assist Jonathan De Guzmán
GOALLL!!!! It's all square and it's Michu whose got the goal as he heads De Guzman's cross into the bottom corner past the outstretched hand of Mignolet. Game on!
CHANCE!!!! How Swansea aren't level in this game is anyone's guess this time it's Michu's turn to come close as he heads Routledge's cross into the ground and over the bar. So close.
OFF THE LINE!!!! Cuellar does brilliantly to clear Dyer's effort off the line after Mignolet had originally done well to deny De Guzman from the free-kick. He parried the shot only as far as Dyer who struck first time bu the Spaniard was there on the line to hack the ball clear.
Controversy as Sunderland feel they should have a free-kick in the Swansea half which is ruled not a foul by referee East. The Swans break up-field and Graham is felled by Gardner and the ref this time awards a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area.
Yellow Card Ashley Williams
Mistake from Jack Colback almost causes Sunderland problem as they're forced to pass the ball back to Mignolet he can only clear wide to Meyler who immediately is put under pressure by Dyer, who is over aggressive and fouls Meyler.
CHANCE!!! Another chance for Swansea and Mignolet has to be at his best to deny Dyer who wriggled free in the area and powered a shot at goal which the Belgian was equal to and parried wide.
Sunderland have comeback in this one and are having their own spell of possession which is only ended as Fletcher and Sessegnon are on the wrong wavelength as the Scot played the ball one way and the Benin international ran the other.
CHANCE!!! What a chance for Leon Britton as he gets the ball in the penalty but blazes his effort over the bar from about 10 yards. It's a truly awful shot and he should have done a lot better from that position.
The second half has started as the first one did with Swansea in control of the game and possession. Let's see if they can do anything with the ball this time.
We're back underway at the Liberty Stadium.
Well that was a manic end to the half as referee East blows his whistle. Sunderland sprung to life as Steven Fletcher notched two goals on his league debut, one with a great finish and the other a true striker's goal firing in from close range. Swansea were the better side but were short of quality for most of the half until Dyer and Routledge combined for a truly wonderful goal to cancel out Fletcher's first. We're set for a very interesting second-half at the Liberty Stadium so stay with us.
45' + 7'
Assist Sebastian Larsson
45' + 7'
Goal Steven Fletcher
GOALLL!!!! Sunderland have re-taken the lead and it's that man Fletcher again this time he poke home from close range from Larsson's free-kick. There's some confusion as the ball may have hit off Rangel rather than the Scot but he's claiming it and I don't think Martin O'Neill will care either way.
45' + 5'
Both sides are going full throttle here as McClean does well down the left and forces a free-kick can Sunderland strike before the end of the half.
45' + 3'
Swansea's turn to feel it now as they're upping the ante at the end of the half Britton is starting to pull the strings in midfield and Michu is starting to get into the game after being anonymous for most of the game.
45' + 1'
Assist Nathan Dyer
45' + 1'
Goal Wayne Routledge
GOALLL!!! It's 1-1 and it's a great goal from Swansea as Routledge gets them back into the game with a cool finish from close range. Dyer lifted a lovely ball into the path of the winger and he made no mistake from inside the box.
The Black Cats are feeling it now and McClean who hasn't had the best first-half nearly doubles their lead as he volleys from the edge of the area and the ball goes just over the bar.
Swansea try to get back at Sunderland straight away but again a poor delivery costs them as Routledge's cross goes too far and is out for a goal-kick.
Goal Steven Fletcher
GOALL!!!!! Sunderland take the lead and it's Steven Fletcher who marks his Premier League debut for the Black Cats with a goal. A mistake from Ashley Williams allowed him in and he drove into the box and curled a delightful shot pass Vorn into the bottom corner. Great finish.
Again lack of quality from Swansea costs them in the final third, they worked the ball well in the midfield before passing wide to Davies on the left but his cross sailed miles over the bar. What a waste.
Patient build-up from Swansea as they pass the ball from side to side but at the moment they just can't break Sunderland down. Slight blow for the Black Cats as Cattermole has been forced off and is replaced in midfield by David Meyler.
Now it's Lee Cattermole's turn to hit the deck as he's pulled up with an injury of some sort. He's received treatment on the pitch but seems to be ok for now. It's one to watch as the Black Cats don't have many midfielders on the bench.
Bit of Swansea pressure as De Guzman whips a ball from a corner which Sunderland don't quite deal with as McClean fails to clear. The ball back in from Davies is poor though and goes out for a goal-kick. Lack of quality in this game so far in the final third.
Referee East has to have a word with Cattermole as he brings down Routledge who was looking to break up-field one feels that won't be the last time he has to speak to the Sunderland captain today.
James McClean hasn't quite got going in this game yet, as his heavy first touch takes the ball out of his control and straight into the path of Chico who was able to clear the danger, as Sunderland players were lining up on the edge of the box.
Really nice and composed play from the Swans as they play the ball out from the back with ease despite pressure from Sunderland players. It's a hallmark of their play and a delight to watch.
Yellow Card Craig Gardner
Swansea are turning up the heat on the Sunderland defence this time Routledge beats Gardner and the Black Cats defender brings him down just outside the area. From the resulting free-kick De Guzman's cross is punched well clear by Mignolet.
Back underway after Taylor's injury and Johnson's free-kick is easily claimed by Vorn and sets Swansea away on the counter attack but they can't take advantage as they lose possession in midfield.
Looks quite serious for Taylor as he's being stretchered off at the Liberty Stadium and he's going to be replaced at left-back by Ben Davies.
Nice build-up play from Sunderland forces a mistake from Neil Taylor who fouls Gardner as he looked to get past him. It appears the Welshman has hurt himself bringing the right-back down though.
Lee Cattermole is in hard on Nathan Dyer but the challenge is fair, expect a lot of that today from the Sunderland captain as he will look to disrupt Swansea's fluid passing game.
Swansea's turn to play some good football and Leon Britton and De Guzman exchange passes in the centre circle before the ball goes wide to Neil Taylor who struck from distance but his effort went harmlessly wide.
First shot on target as Nathan Dyer raids down the right and fires at goal, but it trickles along the ground at a slow pace and into the hands of Simon Mignolet.
Another decent run by McClean down the left, as he tries to force the ball in but Angel Rangel sticks to his task and blocks the cross and forces a throw in for Swansea.
Nice bit of play for Sunderland as Adam Johnson and James McClean combine on the edge of the box but the Irishman is crowded out as he looked to break into the area. Good defending from the Swans.
Slight penalty claim for Swansea as Wayne Routledge takes the ball past Craig Gardner and the two collide but referee Roger East awards a free-kick to Sunderland.
Early pressure from Swansea as they force a corner but a couple of poor deliveries from out wide from Jonathan De Guzman brings the attack to a halt.
We're underway at the Liberty Stadium.
Sunderland have only played one league game this season after their home opener against Reading was called off last week due to a waterlogged pitch. The Black Cats did look solid defensively against Arsenal in their first game and they may need to draw on that resilience against the Swans today.
Swansea have made a terrific start to this season with two wins out of two, scoring eight goals in the process and are yet to concede. Many people believed they may have struggled without Brendan Rodgers but with Laudrup at the helm they seem to be coping a lot more than ok at the moment.
Sunderland hand first league starts to signings Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher. Martin O'Neill has made two chances from his side that beat Morecombe in the League Cup on Tuesday as Simon Mignolet replaces Keiren Westwood and Carlos Cuellar comes in for Titus Bramble. There's no place in the side or the bench for deadline day signing Danny Rose.
Michael Laudrup has stuck with the same team that beat West Ham 3-0 last week. New signing Ki Sung-Yeung features on the bench following his move from Celtic however there is no place for other new boy Pablo Hernandez.
Team News: Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback; Cattermole, Larsson; Johnson, Sessegnon, McClean; Fletcher. Subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Dong-won, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Westwood.
Team News: Swansea : Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Taylor; Britton, De Guzman; Michu, Dyer, Routledge; Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Davies, Agustien, Sung-Yueng, Shechter, Moore.
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! Commentary of today's Premier League clash between Swansea and Sunderland from the Liberty Stadium. I'm Simon Sinclair and I'll be taking you through all the build-up and action as it happens.
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